Though many of English Heritage’s Free to Enter sites remain open to visitors, unfortunately it has been necessary – as a result of advice relating to coronavirus - to close Old Soar Manor for operational reasons, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
Old Soar Manor is a small but complete portion of a stone manor house built in about 1290. Lying in a remote part of the Kent countryside, on the edge of the North Downs, this rare survival of 13th century domestic architecture gives an illuminating insight into the life of a rich medieval household. The manor originally belonged to the Culpeppers, a leading Kentish family, and their private quarters survive, including the solar, latrine and chapel that were once an integral part of this family home.
Managed by the National Trust - visit their website for more information about Old Soar Manor.
Read more about Old Soar Manor’s history.
Before You Go
Parking: There is limited roadside parking available; please park with consideration for residents and other road users.
Opening Times: Open 10am-6pm, Saturday to Thursday, from April until October. The site is closed from October until April. View details.
Access: The property has uneven floors, steps and low, narrow doorways throughout. There are narrow, winding stairs to the first floor rooms.
Facilities: There are no facilities at the manor. The nearest public toilets are in Borough Green (2.5 miles) and there are pubs in nearby villages for food and drink.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only.
Plan a Great Day Out
Step further back in time with a visit to Lullingstone Roman Villa. Vivid displays and interpretation give you a unique insight into Roman domestic life over three centuries.
See nearby Rochester Castle which, garrisoned by rebel barons in 1215, endured an epic siege by King John. Rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained a viable fortress until the 15th century.
Or continue the theme of domestic life at The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House. The ground floor rooms have been recreated as they would have appeared when Charles Darwin lived here with his wife, Emma, and their many children. Stop off at the tearoom before exploring the grounds and wooded Sandwalk.